Are ants an issue?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by krista74, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    Hi all [​IMG]

    I've just been out to my isolation pen visiting the sick and recovering chickens. One of their pens has a massive trail of ants passing through it, swarming around the feeder and then through all the bedding. They are your regular garden variety black ants, not fire ants or bull-ants.

    Anyway, my girl does not look particularly fussed about it, but I'm wondering if this is an issue? I can move her into the pen next door with a neighbouring chicken but their current set-up is working quite well, but for the ant issue.

    Do I need to worry, and should I be doing something about this? What would you suggest, in that case?


    - Krista
  2. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Songster

    Sep 27, 2014
    No,she is fine.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Probably not....but....would nice if there were an easy way to change their path.
    Are they eating or carrying away the feed?

    Not sure what to suggest... what is their source and destination?

    There must be something rather benign that you could put in their path to reroute them.
  4. Jajika

    Jajika Songster

    Dec 24, 2007
    Northern California
    I agree. Move the food to a corner and see if you can change their path.

    You may also take a rag and some water to wipe out those on the trail and see if you can disrupt the flow.
  5. krista74

    krista74 Songster

    Jun 4, 2014
    Victoria, Australia.
    I ended up moving the whole pen! We had a bug issue so I moved the wire cage they were in to a spot way across the yard.

    I suspect the ants were coming for their feed. Not so much their pellets, but the vegie scraps perhaps.

    This morning the new spot had ants in it too! I guess we are in the bush so it is to be expected. We are fighting a losing battle, ha ha!

    The girls seem happy enough though so I won't panic.

    Thanks for your advice!

    - Krista

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